Founding Director of Occupational Therapy

Founding Director of Occupational Therapy

Binghamton University, one of four research universities in the State University of New York System, invites nominations and expressions of interest for the position of Founding Director of Occupational Therapy.

A vibrant public research university, which is consistently ranked among the top 40 public universities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Binghamton continues to improve the quality of both undergraduate and graduate education by seeking to vigorously support the scholarly, creative, and research endeavors of its faculty. Under the University’s strategic plan, Roadmap to Premier, health sciences has been identified as one of five areas of focus stimulating transdisciplinary research (visit and offers fertile opportunities for faculty to collaborate with highly productive faculty colleagues across an array of disciplines.

The campus is nestled in the rolling hills of the Southern Tier in upstate New York on 930 acres. In 2020, the Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences and will join the University's School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences on an 15-acre Health Sciences Campus in Johnson City, NY. The College will reside in a 130,000-square-foot former Endicott Johnson Corp. shoe and carton factory currently undergoing a complete renovation to include a new Regional Simulation Center, modern health science classrooms and learning laboratories, and Information Commons.

Through a generous $1.5 million donation, the Decker College is working with community healthcare partners to create the Ford Family Senior Clinic that will expand current geriatric services to include integrated primary care, assessing mental, functional and environmental status, case management, and student education. The clinic's services may be expanded with the addition of new therapy programs, providing opportunities for faculty and student clinical practice. Also located in the Decker College of Nursing and health Sciences is the Kresge Center for Nursing Research and the Simulation and Practice Center, which is accredited by the Society for Simulation and Healthcare. There is a strong commitment to interprofessional education and collaboration through sharing skills and knowledge to improve quality of care and health outcomes.

The University is seeking a driven, innovative, and experienced leader to develop curriculum, lead the ACOTE accreditation process, hire faculty, and matriculate its first class. The director will oversee the development, management, and administration of the program including ensuring research, quality instruction, clinical opportunities, and accreditation and state requirements are met.  The Founding Director will report to the Dean of the Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Consultants for the University have developed an initial roadmap for the occupational therapy program. The Founding Director will assume leadership for the development and implementation of the initial planning of the entry-level OTD program and will clearly articulate a shared vision for the future of the program with both internal and external constituents and partners.  The Founding Director will also engage in the development of a PhD program in health sciences. With the opening of a new facility, the director will have the opportunity to create and develop floor space, including simulation laboratories and care clinics.

QUALIFICATIONS: Successful candidates will have a demonstrated record of administrative effectiveness, program development, financial management, and outstanding contributions to occupational therapy education. The University seeks a director who will stimulate cutting edge research, including collaborative work across the disciplines. Candidates should have a track record of supporting and promoting diversity.  Additionally, candidates must have a minimum of 8 years of documented experience in the field of occupational therapy which must include clinical practice as an occupational therapist; administrative experience including program planning and implementation, personnel management, evaluation and budgeting; scholarship; and at least 3 years of experience in a full-time academic appointment with teaching responsibilities at the post baccalaureate level. Candidates must have an earned research doctorate (PhD,  ScD or DrPH) in a related field; demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills; demonstrate a commitment to shared governance; have knowledge and experience with ACOTE guidelines and accreditation criteria, as well as experience with outcomes assessment; demonstrate experience with curriculum design; possess excellent organizational and planning skills. Academic rank and salary are commensurate with experience and record of research, teaching, and service.

Review of application materials will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, a letter of application, current curriculum vitae, and the contact information for five professional references should be forwarded to the email address below. Nominations, inquiries, and expressions of interest should be forwarded in confidence to:

Steve Leo, Partner

Brian Bustin, Senior Associate

Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, LP

(484) 263-5534

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